[22 November] We will hold the 28th International Peace and Coexistence Seminar, “Transnational Migration and Entrepreneurship”

IPC Seminar

Title: Transnational Migration and Entrepreneurship: Livelihoods, Entrepreneurship and Xenophobia in South Africa

Lecturer: Professor Shahid Vawda (University of Witwatersrand)

Date and Time: Wednesday, 22 November 2023 / 6:10 – 7:40 PM (JST)

Venue: IDEC Large Conference Room

Language: English


*This event is held in cooperation with the African Studies Center, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. 


Migration processes in the 21st century are a worldwide phenomenon deeply intertwined with complex social, economic, and political patterns and processes. Religious identity plays a significant role in the efforts of Malawian and Senegalese Muslim migrants to find solutions to their challenges of adaptation, integration, and assimilation in a new post 1994 environment in South Africa. This lecture explores whether their identities, particularly their religious, ethnic, and national identities, rather than normative values, provide them with the resources needed to succeed as entrepreneurs and workers in a different country. De Certeau's conceptual distinction between strategy and tactics serves as a framework for evaluating how Malawian and Senegalese migrants utilize religion and associated values to succeed or seek other alternatives.


Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
International Peace and Co-existence Program 

Dr Mari Katayanagi

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International Peace and Co-existence Program

This cross-disciplinary program aims to consolidate students’ basic knowledge and to enhance their critical thinking skills in the academic disciplines of Peace Studies, Cultural Anthropology, International Relations, Law, Ethics, Area Studies, and Memory Studies under the common key concept of “Peace and Co-existence.”

Students can choose a subject area and a specific topic to conduct independent research, with guidance from the academic staff who specialize in a variety of research fields, including nuclear damage, armed conflict, and the interrelations between development and culture. Other research interests include social inequalities stemming from issues of poverty, gender, ethnicity and religion as well as war and ethics, and security and nuclear weapons.